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(August 17, 2017)—The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently made the largest grant in its 54-year history to the Family Independence Initiative (FII) for $1.8 million. GCF and its partner, the GreenLight Fund, held a press conference with FII to announce this investment.
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One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As an accredited community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.
During this grant cycle, the Foundation invested $815,000, in programs that improve the self-sufficiency of Greater Cincinnati families. This focus is related to the Foundation’s mission of investing in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.
“The grants that are providing training for quality jobs, access to quality early childhood education and stable housing will help close the gap on inequalities,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We’re committed to our region and believe in pooling resources to have a greater impact. We are ready to shape the future where everyone thrives.”
The AMOS Project is receiving $120,000 over two years to expand its community mobilization effort toward crafting a more equitable economy in the Greater Cincinnati region.
The Greenlight Fund is receiving a $50,000 grant to support the launch of the Family Independence Initiative, a program that trusts and invests in low-income families so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity.
Catholic Charities is receiving $25,000 to build capacity to more fully serve immigrant legal needs.
Freestore Foodbank is receiving a $50,000 grant for LIFT (Logistics, Inventory Management, Facilities Management and Transportation) the TriState, a 12-week workforce development and job placement program offered at no cost to participants.
Lawn Life is receiving $45,000 to continue a transitional employment manager position which supports hard-to-hire youth in finding their first job beyond this training program.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is receiving $100,000 over two years to expand its health career pathway curriculum by adding the next level of home health aide training.
The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is receiving a $75,000 grant for the Promoting Resilient Children program in Price Hill, which supports early childhood mental health.
Children, Inc. is receiving $70,000 for a capital campaign to renovate a child care center in Bond Hill, a quality preschool desert in our region.
Cincinnati Early Learning Centers is receiving a $50,000 grant for its Price Hill Center to build additional classrooms and teacher training booths. Price Hill is also a quality preschool desert.
Cornerstone Renter Equity is receiving a $35,000 grant to expand its renter equity efforts to reach more working low-income families with this unique, innovative model that promotes social mobility.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal is receiving a $40,000 grant for the Housing Stability Program for At-Risk Students program at two Price Hill schools.
Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati is receiving $225,000 over three years for its Stabilizing Neighborhoods program to support housing litigation and policy change in Hamilton County.
In this grant cycle, GCF donors contributed $130,000 towards multiple projects through the Foundation’s Generous Together program, which provides donors an opportunity to partner with the Foundation in giving grants. An example is GCF partnered with donors to make a $50,000 grant to Lighthouse Youth Services’ A Place to Call Home capital campaign. This grant will go towards creating a seamless system of care to support the unique needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Fund supports the greatest needs in our community. Contributions to GCF’s Community Fund build more resources to invest in the good work of nonprofits in our region. Contributions can be made at www.gcfdn.org/yourcommunity.
One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.
“Our grant recipients work hard every day to make changes to systems that improve women’s lives and help them provide for themselves and their families,” said Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of The Women’s Fund. “From job training to changing tires, they help women and families, making the Greater Cincinnati region a better place.”
These $500 – $2,000 grants focus on supporting systemic efforts to improve women’s incomes, job security, and their ability to provide adequately for themselves and their families.
The following organizations received funding:
The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org.
Learn about The Women’s Fund report 2014 PULSE: 2020 Jobs and Gender Outlook here.
One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.
After a competitive application process, the Scripps Howard Foundation has announced the 10 local nonprofits that have been named semi-finalists for a $100,000 grant to support childhood literacy initiatives in impoverished neighborhoods within the tri-state.
CINCINNATI (September 16, 2015) — Learning Links, a Grants for Kids program of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recently awarded 148 Learning Links grants for a total of $135,274.
Thanks to the generosity of donors past and present, GCF is able to support creative and interesting projects for classrooms in the Greater Cincinnati region. Learning Links grants provide up to $1,000.
Since 1992, more than 3,000 Learning Links grants have been awarded, totaling $2.4 million. The Charles H. Dater Foundation is also a major supporter of the program. GCF received $40,000 from the Dater Foundation toward Learning Links.
Examples of projects funded this year include:
Academy of World Languages (Hamilton County) uses multicultural books and iPads in its library to encourage and support reading literacy in kindergarten through the third grades. Refugees or immigrants from more than 50 countries make up 50 percent of the school’s population.
Florence Elementary School (Boone County) uses microscopes in elementary science classrooms to enhance the science experience. Students will learn the parts of a microscope and learn how scientists use them in life science.
Milford High School (Hamilton County) has an elective English class “Seniors Read with Second Graders.” High school students read with at-risk elementary students to improve their literacy.
Silver Grove Elementary School (Campbell County) engages parents with a Family Science Night. Parents will work with their students on hands-on activities. The event encourages parent participation, science, and literacy skills.
Many GCF donors serve as volunteers on the committee making Learning Links grant decisions.
Thank you to this year’s committee:
One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has granted its 2019 awards to two regional arts organizations, Know Theatre of Cincinnati and Revolution Dance Theatre.
The grants, the first for the fund, will be awarded annually to arts organizations in the eight-county GCF funding region — Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.
They honor the legacy of the late Northern Kentucky philanthropist and arts patron David C. Herriman, who established the fund for the purpose of “making possible what would otherwise be impossible” for both large and small arts organizations. The awards will particularly focus on new works, the education of youth and performance enhancement through funding to bring in performance artists, directors, choreographers, authors, musicians and other creative artists.
“We are thrilled that David’s immeasurable passion for the advancement of the arts in his adopted hometown lives on in such impactful ways,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “We are honored to help ensure that his vision will be preserved for generations to come.”
Know Theatre of Cincinnati will receive $30,000 to fund its “Welcoming New Voices to the Know” guest residency program for artists of color during its 2019-2020 MainStage season. The Over-the-Rhine theater will conduct a search for up to four guest directors and/or designers of color from New York and Chicago to provide fresh perspectives to their audiences and shadowing/mentee opportunities to local artists. Know Theatre is recognized as a “theatrical playground where all are welcome,” amplifying under-represented voices and presenting inclusive productions.
Revolution Dance Theatre (RDT) will receive $10,000 to fund its Ballet on the BLOC collaboration with BLOC Ministries to bring high-quality arts experiences and classical dance access to the Lower Price Hill community. The funds will be used to cover professional fees for residencies at Oyler Elementary School and the neighborhood Q-Kidz Dance Team, as well as an extended residency with instructor KaRon Brown-Lehman, monthly events for intermediate and advance level dancers and a performance at Aronoff Center for the Arts. RDT is dedicated to “breaking barriers between the ballet art form and people of color” by bringing dance classes and resources to under-represented communities and producing works that celebrate diversity.
The anonymous committee that considered the funding requests includes a member of the arts community, a faculty member of a local university or college and a person representing a county of GCF’s funding region, a position which will rotate each year between the eight counties.
“Our committee was pleased and proud to review many excellent applications,” said a committee member. “The process underscored the depth and strength of the arts community in which we live and work. David’s goal of ‘making possible the impossible’ most clearly resonated in the grants to Know Theatre and Revolution Dance Theatre. We encourage all to attend their grant-winning performances to enjoy the impact of a most cherished friend and philanthropist, David Herriman.”
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation will award up to three grants — one large, and one or two smaller — totaling $220,000 in 2019. GCF will publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next funding cycle in April. Proposals will be due on October 1.
CINCINNATI (August 14, 2017) —The Greenlight Fund, in partnership with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, announced today a multi-million-dollar initiative to fight family poverty in our region. Together, they are investing $2.4 million to bring the Family Independence Initiative—and its innovative model of trusting and investing in family solutions—to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. This includes a $1.8 million grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors, the single largest grant in the history of the Foundation.
“We know that thousands of families are struggling with poverty, and we need to rethink how we invest in families and their upward mobility,” said Tara Noland, Executive Director of GreenLight Cincinnati. “We are excited to have the Family Independence Initiative bring their model to our region and learn from their data on what Cincinnati families in our community need to escape poverty.”
“As our region’s community foundation, our role is to create a community where everyone can thrive,” said Ellen M. Katz, president and CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “Our region is literally bursting with new energy and progress, yet we still have many in need. GCF and its donors are seeking new and innovative programs to help families in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky who have yet to benefit from that progress. FII is one such program and we’re excited to ensure we can rapidly deploy FII in our community.”
Founded in 2001, The Family Independence Initiative brings a new approach to fighting poverty by trusting and investing directly in low-income families across the nation so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity. Families that partner with FII set goals they want to achieve, such as purchasing a home or continuing their education, and work together to help each other meet those goals. FII provides them with the technology platform to track their progress and then gives them access to resources, including cash, to accelerate the solutions that they’ve discovered themselves.
With sites in seven cities across the country, FII has partnered with more than 2,000 families investing in their solutions to escaping poverty. On average, during two years of engagement with FII, families report: a 23 percent increase in monthly income, 60 percent decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP, a doubling of their annual income and assets, and increased education outcomes from their children.
Over the next four years, FII will work with community based organizations and other partners to reach 500 families in multiple neighborhoods across Cincinnati. They will be convening a launch team to help identify the neighborhoods they should focus on as well as families they should recruit.
“All families across America should have access to the resources and opportunities needed to achieve their dreams and we look forward to doing just that right here in the region,” said Jesús Gerena, Chief Executive Officer of The Family Independence Initiative. “While our initial goal is to reach 500 families, we hope to find more partners to double or triple that goal. Cincinnati benefits when all its families are economically thriving.”
In addition to the multi-year investment made by the Greenlight Fund and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, FII’s expansion to Cincinnati is also supported by contributions from The Mayerson Foundation and SC Ministry.
Learn more about GCF's investment in the Family Independence Initiative
The GreenLight Fund transforms the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure and a consistent annual process to: identify critical needs; import innovative, entrepreneurial programs that have a significant, measurable impact; and galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city. Working in Boston since 2003, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area since 2012, Cincinnati since 2015 and most recently Charlotte in 2017, GreenLight aims to grow a national network of GreenLight sites that learn and work collaboratively to find and spread proven nonprofit solutions that achieve meaningful and measurable impact in our communities on the issues that matter most. Founding investors in GreenLight Cincinnati include the Deaconess Associations Foundation, Bethesda Inc., the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, Interact for Health, Procter and Gamble, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s, Duke Energy Foundation, the Cincinnati Business Committee, Bank of America and a number of individual investors.
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